MCGRAWACTOR1 Profile - (18321744)


Home Town: Wooster, Ohio, USA
Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting
  • Title
  • Type
  • Overall Rating
  • Member Rating
Blog...  2 posts
Dec. 30, 2012 6:21 am 
Updated: Jan. 3, 2013 3:13 pm
After many many meals made in my trusting crock pot, I fnd myself in need of a new one. Out with the old, in with the new for 2013.  I look forward to shopping for a new one today so I can make my bean and ham soup!! MORE
Images (0)
Comments (11)
Tags:  N/A
From The Blog:  Sarah's Savory Kitchen
Mother's Day Photo taken by my six-year old
About this Cook
I am an actor/director & I run my own acting studio. I have students from ages 6-60!I mad my career mainly in musical theatre and through the years, have cooked both on the road when touring and at home for my family where I actually have my own kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that inlvolves some artistry. I love things that not only taste good (the most important thing, obviously) but that also look appealing. I am huge on presentation & that's why I love party foods and arrangements. I catered quite a bit when I was living in NYC, where I picked up a lot from the chefs I worked with.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was famous for her slow cooked food, before it became a fad with the crock pot advent. She had a large family to feed and knew how to make roasts, veggies and all manner of family style dishes so very yummy. I try to emmulate her when cooking for my family. She was wicked with a pressure cooker after church!!
My cooking triumphs
Stir fry pasta dishes, which sounds weird but I learned this technique from catering. I have had great luck with fish and shellfish dishes, using a lot of different spices not usually associated with seafood, and some Indian and Asian dishes that I have attempted have been big hits. The more exotic, the better. I am also pretty pleased about being able to look at a nearly empty cupboard or fridge and being able to come up with a good meal; something my mother was a champ at.
My cooking tragedies
Practically anything I have been asked to bake for a special occasion. I am a dismal failure at anything but baking basics. I have forced myself lately to "just do it" and very recently attempted, from scratch, an Amish Friendship Bread (which tasted a lot like a cinnamon roll). It was successful. Eureka!!! I can't beleive I actually baked something with yeast from the very start. Maybe quick breads won't be the only thing I can manage if I keep this up.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Cabbage and Kielbasa
My Polish mother-in-law makes the very best kielbasa & cabbage and there is one ingredient you MUST add to this recipe. Red wine. Substitute the water with red wine after the cabbage has cooked down, and simmer with the rest of it. Delish!!

77 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2005
Parmesan Tomatoes
I adjusted this recipe a bit towards my tastes but it is a good recipe all by itslef. I added mushrooms, red onion and ricotta cheese because I had them on hand. Instead of putting the tomatoes singly on a baking sheet, I put them in a glass pie plate (sprayed with PAM) and spread the mayo mixture over it to bake. Magnificent!! The ricotta cheese was the best addition, by far!

28 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 15, 2005

In Season

Top Turkey
Top Turkey

Choose from dozens of top-rated roast turkey recipes, from stuffed to deep-fried.

2014 Pie Countdown
2014 Pie Countdown

We're counting down from now until Thanksgiving with a great pie every day. Join the fun.

Special Holiday Offer!
Special Holiday Offer!

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $5!

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States